John Sal Cocciola

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John next to his Westergard custom Chevrolet
From the Oakland Tribune June 26, 1950, this section tells how Sal lost his life.
John Sal Cocciola final resting place. Notice the picture of the car on the tombstone.

John Sal Cocciola of 667 Fallon Avenue Pittsburg, California. John died when he was only 23 years old in another custom car, a 1946 Cadillac on June 25th 1950, while driving the Santa Cruz mountains. Manuel Gonsalves 22, of Oakley drove the Cadillac, and ended up hitting another car causing a head-on collision. Cocciola died enroute to the Santa Cruz County hospital, while Manuel suffered a fractured leg and lacerations. Tony Fernandez 22 of Oakley, another passenger in the Cadillac, suffered multiple cuts and bruises and a broken arm. The highway patrolmen said the crash occured in the center lane of the three-lane highway. The crash also killed a woman and injured her husband and 15 year old son.[1]

John Sal Cocciola's Cars

John Sal Cocciola's 1938 Chevrolet Convertible


  1. Oakland Tribune June 26, 1950


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